Doi Suthep Mountain was formerly known as Doi Oi Chang. Its present name comes from a hermit who trained his meditation in this mountain a thousand year ago. The forest was combined with other 13 forest nearby for establishing a national park in 1981 and the country’s 24th national park was established in 1981. A year later, more area was combined into the park’s boundary. Doi Suthep-Pui National Park stretches over 261.06 square Kilometers area in Amp hoe Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Hang Dong and Mueang, Chiang Mai.
As part of upper Phi Pan Nam Range, the park features rugged mountain. Its significant peaks include Dot Suthep. Doi Buak Ha and the highest Ooi Pui at 1,685 metres above sea level. The watershed mountain range originates streams namely Huai Kaeo, Huai Chang Khian and Huai Mae Hia, which are tributaries of Mae Ping River.
The average temperature is 16 degrees Celsius. It has cold winter season and comfortable summer season.
Flora ami fauna
The park features hill evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed deciduous forest and coniferous forest. Its lush forest comprises various kinds of plants namely Shorea obtusa, S. siamensis, Dipterocarpus obtusifoiius. Lagerstroemia tomentosa. Dalbergia ssp., Dalbergia ssp., Dipterocarpus tuberculatus, Hopea odorata. Anisoptera costata and Pinus kesiya.